Amazing Hidden Fact for Professionals – Australian Immigration

There is a lot of space for professionals who are willing to get Immigration to Australia. If you have certain required set of skills then you can easily get Immigration. Moreover, if you are a Pakistani national and planning for skilled immigration to this country then you must read the following details.

Without further ado, let’s put a deep eye over the important aspects given below:

Young Professionals

There is staff shortages, good working conditions, a high-quality health care system, and an outstanding quality of life and standard of living make Australia a tempting prospect for medical professionals to work as doctors in Australia.

The main reason for this being Australia seems to have struck a good balance between public health care funding and private health care provision. This makes Australia a leading country in getting medical migrants.

Amazing Hidden Fact for Professionals – Australian Immigration

To utilize these comfortable benefits and work environment, certain things to be taken care of are:

  1. All doctors working in Australia are required to register with the relevant state or territory medical board. The standards for these differ between states.
  2. It is vital to have immigration forms, health checks and character checks in hand while working in Australia as which would be needed any time for police record disclosures or for tax filing in Australian Tax Office.

All these, if not done would put medical young professionals in Australia in trouble. However, if followed they are sure to find a great work environment.

Moreover, there are some more important points to read:

  1. Important Handy Documents

Young professionals in Australia engaged in any kind of job, whether temporary or permanent, part- or full-time, always must have in hand proof of their qualifications, training, and experience, relevant visa form, passport, health, and character checked documents, plus copies of references and an up-to-date curriculum vitae.

  1. Work Environment

The most important attribute to get along well in the work environment while working in Australia is the ability to speak English fluently. Skilled labor is obviously an advantage, but so is speaking the English language. Most countries are harder to get into if you do not speak English.

Some of the specific attributes that are needed by young professionals while working in Australia are:

  1. Australians are friendly and open, but directness and brevity are valued.
  2. Being punctual is work while working Australia is very critical.
  3. Maintain good eye contact during meetings and conversations.
  4. Opinions are respected, and opinionated discussions are entertaining.
  5. Shake hands when meeting and when leaving in work.
  6. Exchanging business cards is common among professional workers.
  7. Gift giving is not a common practice in business.

If you are a young and determined professional then there is a lot of working vacuum for you. Through Australian Immigration, you can make your dreams true in a very short time. As it is clear from the above discussion that Australians are very friendly and generous by nature. The laws in Australia are very easy to follow.

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Asylum seekers fear for safety ahead of relocation

Asylum seekers fear for safety ahead of relocation

Asylum seekers and human rights groups say Papua New Guinea’s decision to relocate hundreds of people held in an Australian-run detention centre at Manus Island to a remote town will expose them to violence and inadequate medical care.

“We are concerned that these men are being moved to a place with even higher security risks than Manus Island and one that has inadequate facilities to deal with people who require medical treatment,” said Kate Schuetze, Pacific researcher for Amnesty International.

PNG Immigration officials told asylum seekers on Monday that part of the controversial Manus Island camp, north of the PNG mainland, would close on May 28, with the rest of the compound to shut on June 30, Reuters news agency reported.

PNG officials could not be reached immediately for comment.

The relocation of detainees comes as PNG prepares to close the centre at the end of October when the contract of the camp operator Ferrovial ends.

The centre, which is currently home to more than 800 people, was deemed illegal by PNG’s Supreme Court last year.

Asylum seekers fear for safety ahead of relocation

“The centre won’t close drop dead on October 31. They will start to decommission parts of the centre in the run up,” Peter Dutton, Australia’s Immigration Minister, told 3AW radio in the Australian city of Melbourne.

The 700 men found to be genuine refugees have been told that they have the option of temporarily relocating to a transit centre near the town of Lorengau, settling in the PNG community or returning to their countries of origin, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported.

Those whose claims have been rejected have been told to return to their countries of origin before the end of August, when a 20,000 Australian dollars ($14,842) cash incentive to return home will cease.

‘Manus prison is full of tension’

Those held on Manus Island are allowed to travel to Lorengau during the day but nearly all choose to remain in the detention centre amid allegations of assaults and threats against them by residents.

Detainees waiting to be accepted by the US in a refugee resettlement deal, which US President Donald Trump described as “dumb”, will be settled in a remote area near Lorengau – a major town in the island.

The deal to take asylum seekers from Manus Island and Nauru to the US was reached between the Australian government and the administration of former US President Barack Obama.

Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish Iranian who has been in detention for four years said via his Twitter account that “Manus prison is full of tension”.

“I am sure the refugees will resist and they will have to use force. I think there will be a big riot,” Boochani told ABC.

Funded by Australia, the two remote camps in Nauru and Manus Island were set up in 2013 to detain asylum seekers indefinitely, who arrive by boat.

Under Australia’s controversial immigration laws, anyone intercepted while trying to reach the country by boat is sent for processing to these camps. They are never eligible to be resettled in Australia.

Manus Island and Nauru asylum centres have been condemned by human rights groups and the United Nations for cramped conditions, violence and inadequate medical facilities. Source: aljazeera

Immigration: race to the bottom

Immigration is the latest touchstone on which politicians will rest their political fortunes and the debate this week turned very ugly, unbefitting of those involved.

Net immigration continues to reach new highs and although there may be a levelling off soon, if forecasts are to be believed, current numbers will be maintained through next year.

There are several reasons for the continuation in immigration, not  least being the strength of the New Zealand economy as the Australian economy continues to struggle in places.

Australia went from a mining boom in the west to an economy based on the service areas along the east and southern coasts and cities such as Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Economic growth is rising in Australia, but not fast enough to stop many thousands of New Zealanders returning home for jobs and lifestyle.

Immigration: race to the bottom

New Zealand went from a struggling economy to one in which construction is booming, mainly because of natural disasters. The Canterbury rebuild, struggling Auckland infrastructure and the need to build thousands upon thousands of houses demanded rising numbers of engineers and construction workers.

Because of the way the New Zealand economy had been previously structured, the country was in no way prepared to provide anywhere near the number of workers needed for the huge rebuilding and construction projects. Many of those required workers had moved to Australia to take part in the mining boom.

The difficulty politicians now have is how to cope with the rising number of immigrants. New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has been outspoken for many years about immigrants taking the jobs of Kiwis. This week he reached a new low when he singled out two journalists by name and ethnicity for criticism about their use of migrant data.

But Mr Peters has been allowed to reach this particular low point with the help of vague statements made by National and Labour. Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse intends reworking the criteria for skilled migrants to be allowed entry into New Zealand.

Labour previously caused controversy when it highlighted the large number of Chinese-sounding names on a list of 4000 residential purchases in Auckland, allowing Mr Peters to move even more to the extreme.

Labour leader Andrew Little is now going to wipe thousands off the immigration list but will not say how he can do that without hurting the employers who rely on those very people for survival.

The situation has got out of control and New Zealanders need to have their voices heard. As a nation, we cannot allow immigrants to become targets of hate.

The 130,000 or so New Zealanders unemployed are not going to take many of the jobs on offer unless they retrain, and therein lies the crux of the matter. Without immigrant labour, the Christchurch rebuild would have struggled. New Zealanders are not trained, or do not want to train, for some of the toughest jobs. The job market is buoyant and New Zealand has a low unemployment rate. Wage inflation is negligible because of the number of unfilled jobs.

In the South, high-tech companies need the best and brightest to move here and take up some of the jobs on offer. Currently, some Kiwis have returned to  jobs in the thriving tourism businesses. Some are moving to Central Otago to establish their own micro businesses. But we need more. The Otago Chamber of Commerce rightly identified politicians are making New Zealand sound a very unwelcome place.

Politicians have a started a race to the bottom on immigration, buoyed somewhat by events overseas including the election of United States President Donald Trump, and a general move to the right in Europe and the United Kingdom.

This is not just an Auckland problem. It is a problem for all of New Zealand. There are regions crying out for workers but unless immigrants can be encouraged out of Auckland, the economy will become further unbalanced. That is the debate we should be having. Source: odt

Cat Stevens calls on Donald Trump to use his influence to help him get a US visa

Cat Stevens calls on Donald Trump to use his influence to help him get a US visa

YUSUF Islam, known to his fans around the world as Cat Stevens, faces an indefinite wait for an American visa because of President Donald Trump’s travel bans.

The British folk legend who is Australia to launch his 50th anniversary tour, has been waiting months for his US visa to be approved.

He was denied entry to the US in 2004 but has visited there several times since then to tour and took his A Cat’s Attic: 50th Anniversary Acoustic shows to New York and other cities last September.

Now known not-so-simply as Yusuf/Cat Stevens, the 68-year-old entertainer is also in Australia to develop an animated children’s television show based on his music with the team behind the Beat Bugs series.

“I would definitely like Mr Trump to use his influence, whatever is left of it, to rush my visa forward because I’ve already missed the Grammys and I might even give him a free ticket to one of my concerts,” he said in Sydney.

“He’s not exactly keeping me out but it’s become a drawn-out process. Those orders, it’s such a horrible paintbrush he’s using.

Cat Stevens calls on Donald Trump to use his influence to help him get a US visa

“I heard about the experience of your children’s book writer (Mem Fox). Come on, wake up, wake up. Leaders should unite people, that should be one of the primary objectives of leaders, not divide.”

Yusuf returned to Australia in 2010, his first tour here in 36 years, to rave reviews.

His next visit for the world premiere of the Moonshadow musical was less successful with its run cut short but proved to be an “enlightening experience” for the entertainer.

He said it ultimately inspired the children’s series he is now working on with the Beat Bugs team.

“It’s wonderful here. I measure the level of tolerance by how much they love Cat Stevens and Yusuf Islam together,” he said.

“And here I am very much at home, I feel very, very welcome.”

Many of his best-loved songs including Peace Train and Wild World, resonate as strongly with audiences now as they did in the 1970s.

He quit music for almost three decades when he embraced Islam in 1977, discovering the Koran after embarking on a spiritual quest provoked by almost drowning when he was swept out by a rip off Malibu.

“I started reading Buddhist metaphysical books and it ended up with me reading the Koran, which became the book that encapsulated everything for me,” he said.

“What you have to remember again is this happened in a much more peaceful time, when there was no smothering of the name of Islam.

“In 1977 there was no Iranian revolution, it hadn’t happened, and the Koran was a spiritual book.

“That’s the difference with now because there is such a barricade for people to get through to the meaning of being a Muslim.”

Yusuf said his break from music was “just getting down to living the songs. Walking the talk.”

He made a return to playing and writing about 16 years ago when his son Yoriyos left a guitar strategically placed in the house where they enjoying a holiday in Dubai.

Read More: dailytelegraph

Geelong mum stays in Australia, fails federal government’s immigration character test

Geelong mum stays in Australia, fails federal government’s immigration character test

A VICTORIAN mother-of-five is among hundreds of criminals and dodgy foreigners to avoid deportation despite failing the Federal Government’s tough new immigration ‘character test’.

Geelong mum, Kelly Webb, 31, has been released after eight months fighting her removal to the United Kingdom despite her extensive criminal history.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton promised a “zero tolerance” approach when announcing foreigners jailed for more than a year would be thrown out of the country in 2014.

However, the Herald Sun can reveal one in five of the 2300 people rounded up since the crackdown have been given a reprieve under Mr Dutton’s watch.

The Immigration Minister said the government maintained it’s “firm stand against non-citizens who commit crimes in Australia.’’

“The number of visa cancellations is up by 1200 per cent,’’ Mr Dutton said.

“If a non-citizen has a strong case to be allowed to remain in Australia revocation is considered. “Many factors are taken into account including the likelihood of reoffending, the impact on children and family, the nature and duration of ties to Australia, age and health and impediments that may be suffered if returned to their home country.’’

Geelong mum stays in Australia, fails federal government’s immigration character test

Ms Webb told the Herald Sun she was now living in Geelong and would be eligible to apply for citizenship if she remained crime-free for three years.

“If I get charged with anything, I am back in the immigration centre and that’s not a risk I am going to take,’’ she said.

On Facebook the mother of Tyson 10, twins Nakita 6, and Chase 6, Matthew 5, and baby Shae-Lee, pledged to stay on the straight and narrow since her November release.

“The old Kelly Webb is gone the new Kelly has her head screwed on and learnt from her mistakes this time. From now on my kids come first which is how it should have been 2 (sic) begin with but I was (sic) 2 self centred and selfish.

“Can’t wait for my future I believe this is my 2nd chance to raise these kids and I wont f*** that up (sic) 4 nobody.’’

Ms Webb’s long-term visa was cancelled last year while serving an 18 month sentence for committing burglary with a steak knife.

She had come to Australia in 1988 aged two, was raised in Geelong but was never naturalised.

Her childhood was marred by “monstrous” domestic violence, which culminated in her killing her stepfather.

She then spiralled into a life of crime committing numerous offences including theft, robbery and unlawful assault after she robbed a woman in a mot­orised wheelchair.

Days before her release from prison in March last year, the Border Force revoked her visa and shipped her to the Maribyrnong Detention Centre prompting her appeal to Mr Dutton.

More than 1500 people including more than 100 criminal bikie gang members and 25 convicted murderers were not so lucky and have been expelled.

Scores of Victorian residents have been deported including New Zealanders linked to bikie gangs and drug trafficking and teen thugs linked to the violent Apex gang.

Source: heraldsun

Growth spurt led by immigration squeezes capitals

Growth spurt led by immigration squeezes capitals

Australia’s population is booming on the back of the highest immigration intake for more than four years, piling pressure on house prices but helping staunch the flow of West Australians to the eastern states.

Australia’s population rose ­almost 350,000 — of which ­almost 200,000 was net immigration — to 24.2 million over the year to September, producing a 1.5 per cent growth rate, faster than almost any other country in the 34-nation OECD group of ­nations except New Zealand.

“Such growth means we need five new hospitals, 31 new schools and 35 new childcare centres every three months”, said Rob Tyson, an economist at Price­waterhouseCoopers, noting the growth was concentrated in Victoria and NSW.

“Their big cities are already ­experiencing the challenges of ­accommodating a rapidly growing population such as strongly and persistently rising house prices, more congestion and strained infrastructure.’’

Western Australia’s population growth has slowed to the lowest rate, 1 per cent, in more than 35 years, as the construction phase of the resource boom peters out, taking its toll on job opportunities and incomes.

“What started as a trickle has grown steadily to a strong flow of people leaving over the past few years,” Mr Tyson said.

Australian Immigration

The flow of people out of WA, which has been losing residents steadily since 2013, is accelerating: more than 9100 people left ­between September 2015 and last September, compared with 2700 the previous year.

Meanwhile, Victoria’s population is booming, increasing 127,000, or more than 2.1 per cent, over the year — the fastest pace since 2009 — on the back of rapid ­immigration from overseas and interstate, and strong natural population growth.

“That’s adding a city larger than Ballarat or Bendigo every year,” Mr Tyson said.

Matt and Jo Luscombe, of the Mornington Peninsula, said they feared Victoria’s rapid population growth would have adverse consequences for their one-year- old son Jack.

“With the prices of housing now, it’s a bit crazy if you’re a first-home buyer. So when he grows up, it’s going to be a lot harder for him to buy a house,” Ms Luscombe said.

Jack’s parents agreed immigration needed to be kept to a sustainable level. “If everyone keeps coming in, there is not going to be enough infrastructure for all these extra people,” Ms Luscombe said.

“Immigration is needed to bring skills in to do the job now, but obviously in the future it is going to affect Jack,” Mr Luscombe said.

The population growth figures come as governments scramble to find ways to ease the pressure of house price growth in Sydney and Melbourne (each up a further 10 per cent last year), and improve public infrastructure.

Greater Melbourne’s population has risen 25 per cent faster than Sydney’s since 2010, and is now more than 4.6 million.

South Australia’s population increased only 9000 over the year to September to 1.7 million, while Tasmania’s population rose only 2600 people to 519,000.

State population growth is a sum of natural increase (births minus deaths), interstate migra­tion and immigration.

Queensland and Victoria were the only states with net interstate immigration. All experienced natural growth and net overseas immigration.

Gareth Aird, a Commonwealth Bank economist, said strong population growth was giving a misleading indication of Australia’s economic performance. “The economy doesn’t look as strong on a per capita basis as it appears on an aggregate GDP growth basis,” he said.

Australia annual population growth soared above 400,000 during the height of the resource boom in 2008-09, when net immigration added more than 300,000 a year, but it since has tapered off. Source: theaustralian

Overseas workers: NSW government contractor didn’t check whether Australians were available

Immigration to Australia

The NSW government has confirmed that it did not check whether Australian employees were suitable to fill 32 computer software jobs, which its contractor filled using overseas workers.

The overseas workers on 457 visas were hired after the government’s ServiceFirst shed more than 200 employees who had provided computer support services.

After laying the 200 off, the government outsourced its computer support services for IT, HR, payroll, finance and accounting to global companies. The companies have taken all responsibility for checking overseas workers are genuinely required to fill a serious skills shortage.

These contractors are only required to keep 70 per cent of jobs onshore, allowing 30 per cent to be offshore.

In response to a freedom of information request, the NSW Department of Finance said it was unable to provide details of that market testing which led to 32 IT workers being hired from overseas on 457 visas.

Australian Immigration

Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton has tasked the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration to review the skilled migration program to ensure it better reflects “genuine” labour market needs. The 457 visa program was designed to fill serious skills shortages to give Australians priority.

Research has shown that an increasing number of IT professionals from India being granted 457 visas and paid base salaries of $53,900 or less, much lower than experienced Australian IT professionals.

The state government has been criticised for allowing jobs previously held by Australian citizens to be filled by overseas workers who are paid less.

The NSW Department of Finance said the employment of staff on 457 visas was the responsibility of IT companies Infosys and Unisys. They had been contracted to provide staff to the renamed ServiceFirst – now called GovConnectNSW service centre – in Parramatta.

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge asked the Department of Finance for the labour market testing but it was unable to provide it saying this was the responsibility of the contractors.

“The Coalition have now got to the point where they are even outsourcing their outsourcing,” Mr Shoebridge said.

“Without any oversight by the state government they have allowed a low-wage multinational to decide for itself there were no skilled local workers to do government IT work. Read More: smh

Over 400 international students call Lake Charles home for now as they pursue degrees at McNeese State University

Australian Immigration

With students from 45 countries, 22 states, and 37 parishes — students hail from such far-flung places as Egypt, Nepal and Zimbabwe —McNeese State University is a true melting pot.

Nikesh Kandel, president of the Nepalese Student Association and a senior majoring in engineering, had never been to the United States until he left Nepal three years ago bound for Lake Charles to begin his freshman year of college at McNeese.

“When I first got here, it was very hard to be away from my family, but they are happy for me to be able to further my education by attending McNeese,” Kandel said. “There are many Nepalese students here. We stick together and support each other. We all get apartments in the same area; we split the bills and groceries; and we decide who is going to cook, do the dishes, and even the laundry. We do everything together as a family because that’s what we are now.”

Kandel said one of the things that really appealed to him when he first got to Southwest Louisiana was the weather. “The climate is very nice and it reminds me a lot of the area where I come from in Nepal,” he said. “I like that it’s easy to find spices here to make dishes that I enjoy from home and that there are also restaurants nearby that serve the kinds of food that I’m used to. But I also like the foods here, especially crawfish. My friends and I buy a lot of crawfish, and we eat it as often as we can.”

The affordability factor as well as the solid reputation of its engineering program attracted Kandel to McNeese. “I was able to get some scholarships for engineering because I had really good grades,” he said. “I really enjoy that people are so friendly here, our faculty does everything it can to help us, and there are so many things to get involved in. I used to do a lot of walking when I first moved here, but I have a car now and I like going on long road trips. I’ve now been to about 20 states and have gone on some nice vacations in the summer. On one of them we drove from here to Michigan and then went to New York and Washington, D.C., and then drove back to Louisiana.”

After graduation, Kandel said he may go to graduate school but wants to stay involved with the engineering field and hopes to open his own business someday.

Omar Zayed, a freshman majoring in computer science, is the only student from Egypt attending McNeese. He credits his fraternity brothers from Pi Kappa Phi with helping him become acclimated to both McNeese and Southwest Louisiana.

Immigration to Australia

“I met some of my fraternity brothers when I was going through orientation and we all just hit it off,” he said. “From that point on we have spent lots of time together, we do philanthropic projects on campus and in the community, and we also have a lot of fun. They are some of my best friends now.”

Zayed juxtaposed his previous life and his current life perfectly when on a recent trip to visit family and friends in Egypt he took a photo with his fraternity’s flag while standing in front of a pyramid. “I’m from Egypt but by bringing the flag with me when I left Lake Charles it’s like I had my fraternity brothers with me while I was away.”

Students who arrive on McNeese’s campus are here for a variety of reasons: Some are drawn to particular areas of studies, others are here because they got academic or athletic scholarships, some are drawn to the climate and way of life in Southwest Louisiana and still others are following in the footsteps of ones who came here from their countries and had positive experiences while here.

Preble Giltz Girard, director of international programs at McNeese, has been in her position since 2002 and said she enjoys watching international students interact with students from countries they are from but also with countries other than their own. “It’s amazing to watch,” she said. “For instance, I enjoy watching a student from Zimbabwe interact with a student from Nepal; or a student from Australia interact with a student from China. It’s fascinating to see the friendships and support develop through those interactions.”

Girard works to help international students with their transition to life in a new country as well as doing what she can to help them get acclimated to life on a college campus. Some of the things that her office can assist with ahead of an international students’ arrival include: the college application process, admittance requirements, paperwork for a student visa as well as immigration documents, and information on flights to the United States.

“Affordability is a major reason that many of the international students decide to attend McNeese,” Girard said. “We have exceptional programs at McNeese as well.”

Zayed echoes that and gives a lot of credit to Girard and her staff for their assistance in preparing him for McNeese and Southwest Louisiana. “I wouldn’t be here at McNeese if they hadn’t helped me so much,” he said. “Their office called me, emailed me, wrote to me, helped walk me through the entire process. I was very surprised by how people here are just so nice, friendly, and always smiling.”

Lillian Mambiri, a junior at McNeese is from Zimbabwe and she originally heard about McNeese through her brother who had been attending college in Florida but was completing an internship at Sasol while studying chemical engineering. “My brother called me and said that I really needed to look into Lake Charles and McNeese because he liked everything he was seeing,” Mambiri said. “Arriving here was my first experience with being in the United States and it has been so perfect. But I didn’t realize everything would be so big. The vehicles that people drive seem so huge. It’s simpler in my country and a lot of people walk. But a Third World country is going to be more basic in many ways.”

Mambiri hopes more than anything that she can make a difference in the world and especially in Zimbabwe. “As much as I love it here, the whole purpose of me getting an education in the United States is so that I can return to Zimbabwe and put my knowledge to good use. I want to eventually work for the energy authority in Zimbabwe or open up a new one. There’s an energy crisis there and I would like to work toward coming up with a cheaper alternative for energy. Perhaps I can work briefly for a company here after I graduate and then take all of my ideas to Zimbabwe and put them to good use and make some change.”

She said she has often gotten assistance or advice from the international office at McNeese as well as the church she attends, Our Lady of Good Counsel. “They really make us feel welcome there and one of the sisters made a gumbo at the student center at church and it reminded me of the stews we have back home so it really hit my heart and made me think of Zimbabwe.”

Girard, whose office is open year round, said “word of mouth” is powerful and when students from other countries talk about their positive experiences here it leads to other students wanting to follow their path to Southwest Louisiana and McNeese. “Really, it’s a soft diplomacy that takes place; students become our best ambassadors.” Source: americanpress

May to discuss how to boost US-UK migration with Trump, say sources

Australian Immigration

Theresa May wants to explore how to boost US-UK migration when she meets the US president, Donald Trump, this week as part of their talks over an early trade deal, according to British government sources.

The disclosure follows hard on the heels of the confirmation from the Australian high commissioner in London that exploratory talks have already begun on a UK-Australian free trade deal, and that greater access for Australian businesspeople to Britain will have to form part of it.

This approach – linking any future expansion of highly skilled migration to successful trade deals with America and Australia – contrasts sharply with May’s blunt refusal during her visit to India last November to increase the number of UK visas for highly skilled Indians, despite its potential to boost the prospects of a future trade deal.

May has yet to make clear how she sees non-European immigration policy developing after Brexit. When she became prime minister in July she rejected the leave campaign’s demands for an “Australian-style points-based system”, saying it would leave Britain without full control over who enters the UK.

Immigration to Australia

She also rejected leave campaigners’ promises that Brexit could mean a boost in immigration from India and Pakistan to meet the skill needs of the UK curry industry.

But now it is emerging that May’s policy to keep Britain open to the “brightest and best” will be shaped by any early post-Brexit trade deals that the UK is able to negotiate. And it is quickly becoming apparent that those deals are more likely to be done with countries such as America, Australia, Canada or New Zealand, rather than India or China.

However, the danger is that immigration policy for businesspeople and the most highly skilled becomes based on the old “kith and kin” white Commonwealth of Australia, Canada and New Zealand by default, if not by design.

In the case of the US, British government sources told the Telegraph May wants to explore ways to make it easier for US citizens to work in the UK and for Britons to work in the US. The latest figures show there are 181,000 US-born citizens in Britain and 758,000 resident Britons in the US. “We can grow those numbers,” a senior government source was quoted as saying.

It may well be that as Trump implements his “America First” immigration policy, a UK trade deal could guarantee current British access to the US labour market, rather than extend it – but it could come at the price of increased migration of Americans to Britain.

A similar ambition was echoed on Saturday by Alexander Downer, the Australian high commissioner in London, when he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We would want to see greater access for Australian businesspeople working in the UK and that’s often been a part of free trade negotiations – it hasn’t always been by the way, but it’s often been part of our free trade negotiations.

“It might just make it a bit simpler actually: for example, an Australian company that invests in the UK might want to bring some of its executives to the UK. That can be done with what are called tier 2 visas, but maybe that could be made a little bit easier.”

Downer confirmed that easier visa arrangements were negotiated alongside the last Australian-US trade deal.

Non-EU migration makes up more than half of Britain’s annual net migration figure, which stands at 335,000. May has pledged to bring that down below 100,000, and the warning signs are that future immigration policy could lead to greater numbers of Americans, Australians, New Zealanders and Canadians coming to the UK while ever tighter restrictions are placed on Indians, Pakistanis, Africans and east Europeans. Source: theguardian

Melbourne schoolboy denied US visa after President Trump presidential order

Immigration to Australia

A MELBOURNE schoolboy claims he could be the first Australian denied a visa to enter the United States following President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban.

Pouya Ghadirian, born and raised in Melbourne to Iranian parents, was in the process of applying for a non-immigrant tourist visa to attend a school camp in the US in late March.

When the 15-year-old arrived for an interview at Melbourne’s US Consulate on Monday morning the staff told him they weren’t completely sure what to do but had denied his visa on presidential orders.

“They said it was the first time it had happened in an Australian embassy,” he said.

The executive order, signed by President Trump on Friday, temporarily suspends citizens from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days, regardless of whether they hold valid visas or not.

Australian Immigration

While the majority of Australians will still be able to enter the US, dual nationals of these seven countries like Pouya will not.

“They [the US Consulate] gave me no further instructions, but said realistically I won’t be going on the trip,” he said.

“I was really and upset when I found out that I couldn’t go and had been looking forward to it for around a year.

“I have an Australian citizenship. I was born here. It doesn’t make sense and it can’t be right.”

The year 11 Melbourne High student said his teachers don’t know he can’t attend the camp yet as school hasn’t started for the year.

The dream “space camp” was supposed to involve visits to Orlando, Washington, and the US Space & Rocket Center in Alabama.

The US Embassy has been contacted for comment. Source: news